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Hi guys,
I'd like to make the move to SATA III, as I have 3 mechanical HDDs and my OS Drive (a Vertex 3) could all benefit from it. I do have on-board SATA III with my x58 motherboard, but it's a Marvell 9128-based SATA III interface, and from everything I've heard and from personal experience, well, it sucks. My options, as I see it are,

1. Make the move to X68/X79. I'm guessing this is going to be expensive. I'd like the i7 2700/3770 or something along those lines.

2. Get a SATA III PCI-based solution. Cost would be low, but I'm not sure how good this route is.

3. Do nothing. It's probably the most advisable, at least for the time being, but I'd like to jump on the SATA 6Gb/s bandwagon.

PS Has the industry devised a trim solution on SATA III yet?
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Hi guys,
I'd like to make the move to SATA III, as I have 3 mechanical HDDs and my OS Drive (a Vertex 3) could all benefit from it. I do have on-board SATA III with my x58 motherboard, but it's a Marvell 9128-based SATA III interface, and from everything I've heard and from personal experience, well, it sucks. My options, as I see it are,

1. Make the move to X68/X79. I'm guessing this is going to be expensive. I'd like the i7 2700/3770 or something along those lines.

2. Get a SATA III PCI-based solution. Cost would be low, but I'm not sure how good this route is.

3. Do nothing. It's probably the most advisable, at least for the time being, but I'd like to jump on the SATA 6Gb/s bandwagon.
#3, there is hardly a difference b/w the SATA 2 and 3 in real world use for SSDs.
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PS Has the industry devised a trim solution on SATA III yet?
It's been supported since day one....
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It wasn't supported on the Marvell 9128 last I checked.
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It wasn't supported on the Marvell 9128 last I checked.
Yea, that is a different thing entirely. Correct, the Marvell 9128 controller does not support it...the controller for that is different than native chipsets. However, newer revisions of the Marvell controller do support TRIM.

Native Intel and AMD chipsets do have TRIM support.
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If you were to sell your current CPU and mobo, you'd be able to recoup some of the cost of upgrading. I can see on eBay that the i7-930 is still fetching a decent price, so that's something to consider as well.
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Yeah, I would definitely plan on doing that. Except I'd be out the money temporarily because I wouldn't want the downtime. So even though it may only cost 150-200 in the long run (provided I even could sell my motherboard, it would cost about $400-450 for the time being.
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